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Skip the bottled salad dressing (which can have lots of added sugar) and make your own in a few minutes! Salad dressings just need two things to taste good: something acidic, like lemon or lime juice, vinegar (any kind), or even hot sauce; and a bit of oil to smooth out the flavor. Dressings should have 3 parts acid to 1 part oil. For example, 3 Tbsp vinegar to 1 Tbsp olive oil. Want to spice things up? Easy additions include garlic, mustard powder, salt, pepper, oregano, or citrus zest.

Serves 1 to 2


  • 1 cup mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup vegetables (carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms, corn, peas, avocados, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Hot sauce to taste

Recipe Preparation

  1. Toss mixed greens, rice, and vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together lemon juice, olive oil, and hot
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss again.
  4. Top salad with nuts and enjoy!

Special Notes:

  •  Cook rice ahead of time and hold in fridge.
  • Try these veggie mixtures:
    • onions, peppers, avocado, celery
    • carrot, bell pepper, onions, and avocado

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